Pittwater Life October 2018 Issue

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we saw… it is quite simply a wonderful,

modern, medical facility for our area

and it was very comforting to learn

about the care that will be provided

there,” Gail said.

Echoing Gail’s sentiments, Helen

Howes who toured the hospital with

19 other members of the Narrabeen

Lakes Probus Club said: “I particularly

like that the public and private wards

are part of the same building – not like

Royal North Shore Hospital where they

are separate – and that there’s not that

much difference between the two except

the private wards have carpet on the

floor and the fittings are slightly nicer…

but that’s nothing really.

“I like that the décor is simple with little

touches like decals on the walls

and that the skylights are painted yellow

introducing a pleasant light into the

atrium.

“Also the windows go right down to

the floor to make the best of the views.”

Hospital volunteer Fran McKay, who

says she has been waiting for a new

hospital for 56 years, added: “It’s brilliant!

I just hope it stays as lovely as it is

and that it lives up to what they say it is

going to live up to.”

Developed and operated by Healthscope

in partnership with the NSW Government,

the 488-bed hospital will cater

to both public and private patients, with

public patient care funded by the State.

After 20 years, the public portion of

the hospital will revert back to the State,

with Healthscope continuing to provide

services to private patients for a further

20 years before the entire facility is

returned to the State.

– Lisa Offord

Mona Vale rage maintained

community action

A group has called on

locals to rally and march

in a bid to retain acute

services at Mona Vale

Hospital.

Save Mona Vale Hospital

Community Action

Group chairman Parry

Thomas said a rally at

Mona Vale Village Green

from 11am on October

14 was the last chance

for residents to “come

out en masse and make

their feelings known”

before the emergency

department closes and

other services were

shifted to Frenchs Forest

on October 30.

The ‘Giant Rally’ follows

the group’s ‘Big

Picnic’ in September

when around 200 people

gathered near Mona Vale

Hospital to hear speakers

voice concerns about the

future of the facility.

Mr Thomas said The

Save Mona Vale Hospital

group was receiving

“enormous support”

from the community,

with thousands having

signed a new petition to

retain acute services at

the 54-year-old hospital.

He claimed many local

GPs were supporting the

petition and said the

group had also heard

from doctors at the

hospital who “feel unable

to voice their fears

publicly”.

“If our local MP Rob

Stokes wants to save his

political skin in Pittwater

he must save the

emergency department

and other acute services

at Mona Vale Hospital.

“The NSW Health Department’s

own statistics

show that 144 people

needed immediate treatment

on arrival at Mona

Vale Hospital last year,

143 of them for resuscitation.

“If the emergency

department closes there,

will they still be with us

by the time they get to

Frenchs Forest?” – LO

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